Babcock completes second of three dockings for NorthLink

Babcock, the aerospace and defence company, has completed the refit of MV Hamnavoe and MV Hjaltland – NorthLink passenger ferries which run between mainland Scotland and the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland.

MV Hjaltland was the second of three vessels to return to the Babcock Rosyth site for an annual dry docking, which involved a specialist package of work including renewal of the Diesel Generators and engine exhausts, an overhaul of the main alternator and bow thruster motor, stabiliser line boring, paintwork and a roll-on/roll-off upgrade.

The work on the ferry took place in February at Babcock’s facility on the River Forth, home to one of the largest waterside manufacturing facilities in the UK.

The experienced Babcock team, familiar with the vessels, ranged from Project Managers to skilled fabricators and mechanical fitters. The team carried out hull valve overhauls, a Lloyd’s five-year survey and tank cleaning, as well as managing a full crew change.

MV Hjaltland left Rosyth in mid-February, following its sister ship MV Hamnavoe’s departure in January, which also underwent a package of work. The third NorthLink ferry – MV Hrossey – is due to arrive on-site in March.

MV Hrossey will undergo two weeks of mechanical and preservation work on stabilisers, bow and stern doors and ramps, topside white painting and tank surveys. The work will include additional repairs to sewage tanks and the ship’s side windows.

Alan Nicoll, Site Operations Director for Babcock at Rosyth, said: “Our multi-skilled team has successfully completed the second stage of a programme of scheduled and emergent works for NorthLink Ferries from our facilities at Rosyth, which will ensure that all three vessels are fully operational and back in service as planned. We look forward to welcoming MV Hrossey in March.”